Port of Koper: First Stage of Basin I Dredging Completed (Slovenia)

Luka Koper completed the first stage of the Basin I seabed dredging to 13 metres and thereby fulfilled an important commitment to the business partners as well as started to realise the company’s strategic objectives that have been on hold for several years, said Management Board President Gašpar Gašpar Mišič upon yesterday’s arrival of the French CMA CGM’s container ship Lamartine.

Upon this occasion, the Management Board President recalled his last year’s meeting with CMA CGM Group’s Vice President Mr. Stephan Courquin who pointed out the importance of the Port of Koper and anticipated that the deepening of the container quayside would allow the arrival of larger ships which due to a limited draft had to call the neighbouring ports first before coming to Koper.

When entering the North Adriatic this time Lamartine first arrived to Koper and thus discontinued the practice of large container vessels of the Phoenician Express service that due to inadequate depths of the Port of Koper first handled the cargo in the Port of Trieste.

Based on the study conducted by Marko Perkovič (Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport) the draft was first deepened to 11.8 m and today, with the completion of the first stage of dredging, to 12.5 m of permissible draft which allows the increase of cargo throughput up to 1,800 TEUs per individual ship.

When the depth will reach 14 metres and thereby the permissible draft 13.5 metres, the cargo per individual ship will increase up to 3,500 TEUs.

This will enhance Luka Koper’s status of a business-friendly port among the partners and allow the company to maintain the position of the largest container port in the North Adriatic.

Lamartine is one of ten ships that constitute a regular container service Phoenician Express operated by the French CMA CGM and the Danish Maersk between the Adriatic and the Far East.

Upon this arrival, 3,581 containers (about 6,146 TEUs) will be handled in a little over two days.

Press Release, March 4, 2014


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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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